In A Flicker—(woodpecker that is)

Have you ever had a bird photobomb your photo?

This happened to me several years ago when I lived along a lake and near a nature center wildlife refuge. There were always an abundance of birds at my feeders and this particular day the cardinals were everywhere.

I decided to grab my camera and snap a few shots of their beauty. So many cardinals eating at one time, with their bright red feathers against the silver feeders, made a colorful picture.

Just as I was about to take another picture, this big fellow, a flicker woodpecker, swoops in and flies right in front of the camera.

Of course, the cardinals were startled and flew away in every direction to escape, but the magnificent photo I got by accident was the best ever.

So I would say, the moral of this story is that photobombing is not always a bad thing, especially when it comes to birdwatching.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

How Could I Forget??

I just realized my beaded owl is feeling left out since he was not included in my “Give A Hoot” post.

He is beautifully crafted and looks as though he could hoot out an owl call at any given moment.

He adds a nice touch to all my other bird related home decor, standing tall and watching over things from the bookshelf in the living room. I’m sure if he could talk, he would have some interesting stories to tell.

He was a gift given to me by a family member, for one of my many birthdays, I do believe. I can’t remember and it doesn’t really matter when it was.

What does matter is how it’s a perfect gift for me because of my passion for birds. It’s so wonderful to receive a very thoughtful gift knowing the person giving it truly knows your likes and dislikes and goes to great lengths to find that special gift that means so much.

I hope your day is filled with thoughtfulness towards others and to our beautiful birds as well, both real and crafted.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Tuesday Tip

Sometimes from lack of knowledge, inexperience, or just a plain crazy idea, we do things we think is right at the time.

When it comes to thawing a frozen bird bath with boiling water, it may seem like a good idea, but it is NOT.

Pouring extremely hot or boiling water into your frozen bird bath to thaw the ice will result in the bird bath cracking or even shattering.

The sudden change in temperature from the frozen ice to the hot water is dangerous. You could be injured from the hot water or shattering of the bird bath. This will also result in heartbreak since your beloved bird bath is destroyed.

If you are determined to thaw the frozen water in your bird bath, use warm water (not boiling or hot) and pour a very slow stream of water in the thickest part of the ice, just enough to start to melt the ice and make a hole. Continue this method around the frozen ice, until the ice is melting and you are able to break up the ice without using water.

Investing in a bird bath heater is a good idea if you live in an area where you have constant frigid temperatures resulting in your bird bath freezing. This will also save you from “freezing” while trying to thaw water for your backyard birds.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.

Hands Free Photography

A great addition to your backyard birdwatching is a Birdcam. I have the Wingscapes Birdcam Pro, Model WCB-00119.

It comes with great instructions for general use and set up with mounting accessories.

I have used the Birdcam Pro both mounted to a tree,

And just on the ground.

The results have been very good with the many focusing capabilities this model has.

It uses a motion sensor to capture the image on a SD card, which is also a convenient way to view the pictures taken.

The case enclosing the camera is weatherproof and the battery life is sufficient, resulting in a low maintenance outdoor camera.

It takes 8 AA batteries to operate the camera and the battery compartment is easily removed from the camera using the eject button when it is time to change the batteries.

I leave mine focused on my backyard bird feeder area both day and night. There is always an element of surprise when viewing the images captured with your Birdcam Pro. I have captured great photos of my backyard friends and even some unexpected wildlife I didn’t know was coming around (a fox).

Since the Birdcam is motion activated, it can also be used as a security camera as well.

I have been extremely pleased with my purchase and love the idea that I can get images of birds in my backyard doing what they do naturally without me being nearby.

Make yourself happy and enhance your birdwatching by adding a Birdcam to your yard. You will be glad you did.

Happy Birdwatching, my friends.